By: Katy Kleinginna –
Bradley Cooper is Rocket Raccoon
Guardians of the Galaxy is an upcoming Marvel-based, Disney-produced super hero film surrounding a rogue super hero and his space gang of ex-cons. When director James Gunn broke ground with filming in early July 2013, the title of the film was listed as Full Tilt. Chris Pratt (the adorable Andy Dwyer of Parks and Recreation) was cast first as the film’s hero, a character described as someone who “had a hard time as a kid, and now he goes around space, making out with hot alien girls and just being a rogue and kind of a jerk.” The film boasts a cast of high profile actors, including the recent announcement of Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper as “Rocket Raccoon”, a genetically engineered crime fighting raccoon. The director enlisted the help of real life raccoons in order to best replicate the action and personality of raccoons for the film. The film has a tentative release date of August 1, 2014 for UK and American cinemas.
James Spader as Ultron in Avengers sequel
Boston Legal star James Spader is set to play the enemy in the coming sequel of Marvel’s Avengers. According to director Joss Whedon, “Ultron is not a happy guy, which means he is an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff.” The actor, known for his stoic portrayals of characters, has found himself in the limelight with the recent announcement of his role in the Avengers sequel. 2012’s Avengers is one of the top-grossing films of all time, boasting a box office total of almost $1.6 Billion dollars.
Now You See Me Gets a Sequel
Now You See Me, the summer’s hit about a magic team performing heists and staying under the radar of law enforcement, is being rewarded by Lionsgate with a sequel. The film starred Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher as members of the not so slight of hand magic team, the Four Horsemen, a group dedicated to staying “one step ahead” of any law officials pursuing their team. The director of the film, Louis Leterrier explained that the final cut of the film excluded a vital scene that would have set up a definite sequel. The film will be released on DVD soon, but the disc has the scene listed for audiences to become acquainted with the sequel’s initial plot and characters.